Kyle McClellan Returns To Cardinals Wednesday Night

After spending 15 days on the disabled list with a hip injury, Kyle McClellan is back in the Cardinals' rotation.

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Kyle McClellan Activated From DL By Cardinals

In his May 30 start against the Giants, Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan landed awkwardly coming off the mound and sustained a hip injury. He stayed in the game and initially suggested that he could avoid a trip to the disabled list, but then he landed on the disabled list anyway. But hey, all right, now things are all better!

The St. Louis Cardinals activated pitcher Kyle McClellan from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
To make room for McClellan the Cardinals designated utility-infielder Matt Carpenter to Triple-A Memphis.

McClellan missed the minimum amount of time, confirming that his injury wasn't really that bad. He returns to a 3.86 ERA, and will start against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Lance Lynn made a pair of starts in McClellan's stead, allowing six runs in 10-1/3 innings. As the Cardinals won one of those games, they survived McClellan's absence.

Matt Carpenter batted 19 times while with the team, collecting all of one hit, in his first game. In Memphis, the infielder will resume playing regularly.


Cardinals' Kyle McClellan Heading To DL, Replaced By Prospect In Rotation

As expected, St. Louis Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan (6-2, 3.86) is going on the Disabled List with a left hip flexor strain, suffered in the first inning of his Monday outing against the Giants. Derrick Goold:

Holliday and McClellan will go on DL tomorrow, per Mozeliak. Lynn starts tomorrow. #stlcards

Lynn is Lance Lynn, ranked by Baseball America last winter as the Cardinals' sixth-best prospect. Lynn posted a 4.77 ERA last season with Triple-A Memphis, largely because he gave up 21 home runs in 29 starts. This season with Memphis -- and you know Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan love this -- Lynn's given up just one homer in 62 innings. He throws hard, and this season has apparently been working hard at keeping the ball down.

The Cardinals' lineup this season has been decimated by injuries, but to this point their rotation had been essentially immune, with five pitchers combining to start 55 of 56 of the club's games. Lynn's performance in the minors should offer at least some hope that the Cards won't miss McClellan too terribly much.


Kyle McClellan Injury: Hip Swelling Will Likely Send Cardinal Starter To DL

It's not official yet, but the mildly surprising St. Louis Cardinals are going to be without the services of highly surprising Kyle McClellan for a spell. Joe Strauss:

Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan suffered significant swelling Tuesday from a left hip flexor strain and is likely to land on the disabled list prior to his next scheduled start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

McClellan hurt himself in the first inning Monday against the Giants, landing awkwardly during his delivery at least twice. He wound up pitching four innings, but gave up seven runs and his ERA jumped from 3.11 to 3.86.

The Cardinals, who pressed McClellan into starting duties this spring only because of Adam Wainwright's season-ending injury, will obviously miss him while he's out, considering his 6-2 record. And while McClellan's underlying performance didn't quite match his (pre-Monday) ERA, he's almost certainly better than whoever the Cardinals might plug into his slot.

That might be Miguel Batista, who made a spot start earlier this season. Prospect Lance Lynn, who throws 95 miles an hour, has pitched reasonably well in his second go-around with triple-A Memphis, allowing just one home run in 62 innings this year.

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